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José de Ponte

José de Ponte
Partner, DLA Piper

José de Ponte is a projects and infrastructure lawyer with extensive experience advising on large, high profile infrastructure projects, including major global Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects, with a focus on the APAC region and Africa. He has advised on over 50 projects for governments, sponsors, contractors and financiers in sectors including transport (toll roads, airports, railways and harbours), social infrastructure (hospitals, schools, prisons and social housing), mining, power (including renewables) and water treatment.

As an experienced front-end construction lawyer, José has drafted, negotiated and advised on construction contracts including numerous bespoke, Australian Standard, FIDIC and NECC construction documents, affording him unique insight into tailored solutions on major projects. José was formerly a partner of a leading South African law firm, working extensively in the mining, energy, infrastructure and finance sectors and advising on a broad range of litigious matters heard by South Africa's senior courts. He is admitted to practice in both South Africa and NSW.

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Construction lawyer José de Ponte explains when, why and how to use a bespoke construction contract as opposed to a standard form contract and discusses issues to consider when preparing a contract.

About this course

In this online, on-demand course, DLA Piper Partner, José de Ponte reviews the use of bespoke and standard form contracts. Topics discussed will include price, quality and quantity, time, performance assurance, limitations, default and termination, claims and disputes and boilerplating and execution fundamentals.

Course structure

This course consists of a one-hour video recording of a lecture by DLA Piper Partner, José de Ponte, together with reference resources.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

For NSW lawyers, the Law Society of New South Wales advises: “If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) “unit” for each hour of attendance, refreshment breaks not included.

Learning outcomes

This course will assist participants to:

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of bespoke construction contracts
  • Identify issues to be addressed in drafting a bespoke construction contract
  • Advise clients regarding appropriate forms of contract for particular projects.


A discount of 10% is available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course. If you are eligible for this discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS Student or Staff ID number during checkout.

When signing up for the session, use the relevant voucher code to apply the discount to your cart:

  • UTS Student / Alumni: Lawalumni
  • UTS Staff: Lstaff

Please note that discounts cannot be combined. A limit of one discount applies per person per course session.

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Who is this course for?

This program is particularly useful for:

  • General practitioners
  • Corporate lawyers and in-house counsel
  • Building and construction lawyers
  • Construction managers and quantity surveyors.


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Self paced
Expert: José de Ponte
  • Start anytime and complete at your own pace.
  • Online

This course will take approx. 1 hr of self-directed learning to complete.

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